Burns scores a hat-trick at Phoenix awards

Socceroo Nathan Burns scored a hat-trick at the Wellington Phoenix Awards dinner at Te Papa on Tuesday night.    

Burns topped off a stellar season, picking up the Adidas Golden Boot and followed up with his peers voting him the Players’ Player of the Year.

The list of honours was completed when he took out the Huawei Player of the Year award.

The 26-year-old, who notched up 13 goals in Season 10 – second only to Sydney FC marquee Marc Janko in the Golden Boot race – gave credit to Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick for his goal glut.

“He had a massive involvement in my goals this year - how I played a lot higher,” Burns told a-league.com.au.

“It's a different aspect to my game that I probably haven't really achieved before.

“I really wanted to score a lot of goals this year and he's played a main part in that.”

The Socceroo said the mood was upbeat in the Wellington camp ahead of their Elimination Finals clash with Melbourne City on Sunday.

“We’re confident, very confident,” he said. “It's finals football - it's the best time of the season.

“We've got the quality. We've shown all year that we're a good team. We just need to enjoy the moment.”

Burns has a year remaining on his Phoenix contract but remained tight-lipped about his immediate future amid interest from overseas.

But, he said, the A-League outfit would continue to prosper with or without him.

“It's a unique club, it's very passionate,” he said.

“It's one of the things you Kiwis really strive for in your sport - being so successful.

“As long as the Wellington Phoenix have that - and I think they will forever - then they'll be successful.”

Wellington Phoenix 2014/15 Award winners

Members Revera U23s Player of the Year: Roly Bonevacia           

2014/15 Adidas Golden Boot: Nathan Burns        

Carlsberg Fan of the Year: Niki O'Connor              

Ricoh Goal of the Year: Roy Krishna        

Players’ Player of the Year: Nathan Burns            

Huawei Player of the Year: Nathan Burns             

Lloyd Morrison Spirit of the Wellington Phoenix: TBC      

Sesquicentennial Club: Manny Muscat, Vince Lia and Ben Sigmund